Bueno Brunch, an annual fundraising event for the Norman Rotary Club, is scheduled for March 30 at Norman High School.
The event serves as the Rotary Club's most significant annual fundraiser, Rotarian Steve Morren said, and there are several changes this year for individuals who regularly attend the event. Over the past several years, the event has been held at the NCED Marriott, but this year's Bueno Brunch will take place in the commons at Norman High School (911 W. Main St.). Rotarians also will play a more active role in the event.
"It's a whole different thing," Morren said. "In the past, we greeted people as they came in the building and entered the buffet line, but this year we're going to be cooking and serving."
The meal will be from 8-10:30 a.m. and will feature pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee and orange juice. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at normanrotary.org, by calling 405-250-3000 or from individual Rotarians.
Morren noted that Norman Rotarians regularly serve pancake breakfasts at the high school for NHS students, and the event will be in the service organization's wheelhouse.
"It's something we're good at," he said.
The NHS orchestra and a variety of ensembles will provide music during the breakfast. High school students who are part of Rotary's Interact program, as well as OU students who serve in the Rotaract club, also have volunteered for the event.
Funds raised at the event will go toward the Rotary Club's various community grants and scholarships awarded throughout the year. As the Rotary Club is no longer hosting its annual fruit sale, Bueno Brunch is more important than ever for the service organization, Morren said.
"It's our largest fundraiser outside of Le Tour De Vin, which is a combination of the four Rotary Clubs and primarily identifies one recipient," he said. "The grants we provide throughout the year don't happen without this. This is a staple for the club."
In the past, walk-ups have been rare, so Morren hopes the more central location of the meal along Main Street will prompt more spur-of-the-moment diners. Individuals can park in front of the building or on the east side, he said.
The Norman Rotary Club is 125-plus members who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in their communities, and in each other. Learn more about Rotary at normanrotary.com.